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Each year, we survey you to assess and track our impact. This year, more than 1,500 of you responded — double that of last year! Thank you.

Seventy-eight percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that our coverage is neutral. We are incredibly proud of this, particularly in light of increasingly divisive politics in our state. And for those of you that don’t think our work is neutral you split whether you think it veers left or right so we will take that as a win too.

Sixty-seven percent you discuss something you read on EdNC with colleagues, 39% share our articles, 33% apply knowledge gained from EdNC in your work, 21% changed your mind about an issue because of our work, and 13% discuss what you read on EdNC with policymakers. Roughly 400 of you said you’d be willing to speak with an EdNC team member about your county and untold stories in your community. So thankful.

And thank you for your comments.

“I read the newsletters and feel like at least one organization in the state is on my side and the side of my students.”

“EdNC has motivated me to be a teacher more than anything. I’m excited to see the articles about what different teachers and different school systems are doing to improve education.”

Check out this Twitter thread for some holiday magic featuring our state superintendent and the wonderful leaders in Ashe County Schools.

Courtesy of Superintendent Jeff McDaris, here is your playlist for the holidays. I hope you have a chance, as he says, to breathe, reflect, and dedicate.

And, courtesy of EdNC’s Alli, here are your last podcast recs of the year:

The Resilience Zone | Episode 3 – “Resilience is in our DNA” ft. Donnell Cannon

In this episode, Elijah interviews education leader Donnell Cannon. Cannon was a principal in Edgecombe County, Elijah’s home county, for 5 years and is now the executive director of district transformation and redesign for the school district. The two talk about resources — what they are, where to find them, and how to utilize them for resilience.

Class Disrupted by The74 | 3 Big Education Wishes for 2022

In this final episode of 2021, the hosts share three wishes for schooling in the new year that focus on personalization, grace, and renewing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Happy holidays and happy new year! I am ever thankful for you and your leadership.

EdDaily will be back in your inbox on Monday, January 3, 2022. #loveNC, Mebane

These are the sources EdNC checks every day: The New York Times, Education Week, The Washington Post, The Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Ed, Education Next, Vox, Governing, NPR Ed, The News & Observer and Wake Ed Blog, The Charlotte Observer, Carolina Public Press, The Asheville Citizen-Times, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Fayetteville Observer, The Greenville Daily Reflector, Wilmington-Star News, The Hickory Daily Record, The Durham Herald-Sun, The Greensboro News & Record, The Lexington Dispatch, FOX Breaking News, WRAL, WUNC Radio, The Associated Press, State Government Radio, The Governor’s News, The Lieutenant Governor’s News, The N.C. General Assembly’s News, DPI’s News, The Carolina Journal, NC Policy Watch, and NC SPIN. If you have a source you’d like us to consider or an article you think needs to be included, email

Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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